Knott’s Berry Farm To Auction Off Park Memorabilia Including Haunt Items
It’s every coaster enthusiast’s dream to own memorabilia from their favorite parks and this weekend, Knott’s Berry Farm will be giving fans far and wide just that chance! In an effort to make room in the park for its continued growth, Knott’s will be auctioning off more than 300 one-of-a-kind items that tells the story of the park’s history in a public sale.
The auction will feature more than 225 lots featuring items from Ghost Town, Camp Snoopy, the amusement park, the famous chicken restaurant, and even Knott’s Scary Farms’ Halloween Haunt. Jim Lentz of Heritage Auctions tells us more about the items up for auction in the video below.
Other items included will be from the Walter Knott Archives as well as historic signs, antiques, a wide array of photographs and a variety of theme park vehicles such as this antique fire-engine.
Also up for bid is a three-foot gauge steam engine that needs refurbishment, Snoopy’s Parade Roadster, Peanuts memorabilia, paintings, and even old ride pieces from rides no longer at Knott’s, including a marquee sign from the old “Haunted Shack”, animatronic bears from “Knott’s Beary Tales” and figures from the Timber Mountain Log Ride and the Calico Mine Train Ride before they were refurbished a few years ago.
Numerous items will be available from the parks Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween event. Some of our favorites are the these two hearses, giant dragon, and a large gargoyle.
Many of these pieces of Knott’s history have been kept hidden in warehouses and other buildings around the park – like the second floor attics of some of the buildings in Ghost Town. It may be a little hard for the park to part with some cherished pieces of history, but they can be reassured knowing that the pieces will now be safely in the hands of enthusiasts who will cherish the pieces just as much as Knott’s did.
One rare piece we saw up for bid was a bit of a shock and surprised us that it’s on the auction block. A rare, old Conestoga Wagon that was used haul Borax from Death Valley. Walter Knott found, repaired, and brought to the farm in the early-1940s and has been sitting at Knott’s ever since.
Some lucky park enthusiast could end up having this amazing Knott’s hot rod sitting in their very own driveway!
There will be two opportunities to preview the auction items in person:
- Season Pass Holders and Knotts Berry Farm Employees
Wednesday, March 29, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM PT.
- General Public
Thursday, March 30, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM PT.
The auction itself will be held March 31st in the Charles M. Schulz theater at Knott’s Berry Farm. If you can’t attend, but are interested in bidding, you can bid online here. Items won in the auction will be shipped approximately two weeks after the auction ends and payment has been made. If you plan on bidding, be sure to register free of charge any time before the auction starts by clicking here.
Take a sneak peek look around the warehouse in the video below. Jeff Shadic, manager of Park Decor and Visual Display at Knott’s and OC Register’s Mark Eades show off some of the items going up for bid.
We will be attending the auction and maybe even post a live stream during the event depending on the wifi/cell service inside the theater. For tickets and more information, visit the official Knotts Berry Farm website by clicking here.
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